Scan­dal at Devon col­lege

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NICK IRV­ING news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A TEACHER is fac­ing prison af­ter ad­mit­ting booze-fu­elled sex ses­sions with two teenage pupils at her home.

Jennifer Philp-Par­sons, 45, groomed the boys and plied them with al­co­hol be­fore hav­ing full sex with them, a court heard.

The court was told she twice had sex with one of the 16-year-olds in May at her home in Ex­mouth, Devon, and a month ear­lier had full sex with an­other 16-year-old.

Yes­ter­day Philp-Par­sons, who was head of mu­sic at a Devon col­lege, ad­mit­ted three charges of adult abuse of po­si­tion of trust by hav­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a boy aged be­tween 13-17.


Proes­cu­tor Lyn­d­sey Baker told Ex­eter mag­is­trates court that the mar­ried teacher, who has chil­dren of her own, groomed some of her stu­dents.

Miss Baker said the burly tu­tor reg­u­larly gave one of the vic­tims lifts to and from school and also took him to McDon­alds for a meal and Costa for a cof­fee.

She also pro­vided a ket­tle and toaster for them in the mu­sic room at the col­lege.

Miss Baker said Philp-Par­sons then in­vited pupils to her home where she pro­vided al­co­hol.

“Both vic­tims had sex­ual in­ter­course with her at her home,” she told the JPs.

Ru­mours be­gan to cir­cu­late at the col­lege and the teacher made no comment when she was first quizzed by cops.

But in a sec­ond po­lice in­ter­view Philp-Par­sons ad­mit­ted hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with one of the vic­tims twice and a sec­ond boy once.

“Both were 16 at the time,” said Miss Baker.


She added that the ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures were that “there was a de­gree of co­er­cion, the use of al­co­hol, a con­sid­er­able age dif­fer­ence of 30 years and a breach of trust.” Miss Baker said the teacher could ex­pect a cus­to­dial sen­tence of be­tween one and two years.

The teacher sat with her head bowed as the mag­is­trates de­cided that the case should be sen­tenced by a judge at the city’s Crown Court next month.

She was granted con­di­tional bail and left with her hus­band.

A Devon County Coun­cil spokesman said: “We sus­pended this mem­ber of staff as soon as the al­le­ga­tions came to light.

Fol­low­ing to­day’s guilty pleas we will now be start­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.”

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